Aegean Exporters’ Associations (EIB), a pioneer in sustainability, organised a sectoral trade delegation organisation specific to the food products sector within the scope of the “Sustainable Exports in Food Sectors Development of International Competitiveness Project” on 6 – 9 November 2023 in London, the capital of England, with the coordination and support of the Ministry of Trade.
Hayrettin Uçak, Chair of the Aegean Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Exporters’ Association (EYMSİB), said that they are the leader in the export of organic agricultural products in Türkiye; they have ramped up the exports of agricultural products by 12 percent in the last 1-year period to 7.3 billion dollars.
“We continue our efforts to reach our target of 10 billion dollars and to improve our food system. With the delegation organised within the scope of the Sustainable Export Development of International Competitiveness Project (UR-GE) in Food Sectors, 10 Turkish companies introduced dried fruits, aquaculture products, olives, olive oil, olive oil, vegetable oil, non-wood forest products, fruit and vegetable products, which we are the leader in production and export, to food importer British companies,” he said.
“Our Turkish food exporters held a total of nearly 100 bilateral business meetings with 35 companies from the UK. Based on the ongoing negotiations between the UK and our country within the scope of the FTA, zeroing the customs duty on olive oil exports from Türkiye to the UK will enable our country to gain an important share in the UK market, which meets almost all its needs from EU countries such as Spain and Italy and imports an average of 70 thousand tonnes of olive oil annually,” he added.
Emphasizing that they have expressed these demands in bilateral contacts, he concluded, “We will see the positive reflections of these contacts on our export figures in the coming period. We aim to boost our food exports to the UK to 2 billion dollars. We will also continue to carry forward our duty of being a bridge between the two countries in the best way through bilateral business meetings.”